What could possibly go wrong when on holiday staying with family? Do you look forward to greeting your family members to spend some quality time with them or do you pretend you’re not home? Quite a dilemma – but it doesn’t have to be.
Recently, I’ve been reading stories about travellers staying with their relatives or friends while on vacation. It could make for a quite a funny movie!
“When visiting my father-in-law you have to add into the mix my sister-in-law’s ex — who she’s still on good enough terms with for him to stay there sometimes — plus my brother-in-law and his two kids. Up to 12 people in a house with only two bathrooms. But really, it’s more like one bathroom for my father-in-law and another bathroom for the other 11 of us.”
“My boyfriend told his mate that he could stay on the couch. We found challenging because he was up a lot in the night watching TV. Plus it was kind of awkward running into him in my bathrobe.”
“I shared a room with my cousin and she snored so loudly that I wanted to hit her with the pillow so I could get some decent sleep. One night I got up, grabbed a blanket and slept on the couch. What a relief to get some sleep!”
“I loved staying with my friend in Paris but her daughter was a nightmare. Constantly needing attention, it was draining keeping her entertained!”
“My sister and her family stayed last month. They made a huge mess in the bathroom and left the towels thrown on the floor. And that was after one night!”
While reading the stories, I laughed and then cringed. You see, during my many years of travelling I have made many friends over the world and met up with most of my relatives that live all over Europe and North America. So many times I have spent a holiday staying in a family member’s house or at friends’ houses (people I have met on previous travels).
So I started to look back on my travels and think if I ever did the same to my family members and friends. I began to wonder if my stay ever irritated them (my hair malts a lot, so on every visit to the bathroom I’m always collecting my hair off the floor before anyone sees it!).
I think I have always been respectful, I hope I was the perfect guest. To any of my family and friends who felt otherwise I take this opportunity to deeply apologise. At least they only had to put up with one person – me!
I’m so thankful for these generous offers from family and friends to stay at their house because:
Here are 7 tips on how to show gratitude to your hosts:
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What happens when the shoe is on the other foot and you are the host?
Many people will cherish spending time with family or friends they haven’t seen in person for many years. However, they could quite quickly change their mind once the family have arrived.
It might turn into a disaster and you secretly start plotting their early departure. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Consider the following suggestions to turn it into a pleasant experience for all.
I’ve had overseas family and friends stay with me (5 times) and only had one negative experience. I guess I’ve been lucky but I don’t let it deter me from being a host again. It’s still fun having family and friends visiting from foreign lands!
One thing is for sure, on my next visit to family or friends I will be exceptionally mindful of my actions and always convey my heartfelt gratitude to their wonderful hospitality. I will always love visiting my family and friends all over the world and look forward to the day they visit me – if I’m not on holidays myself of course!
Can you add any other tips for a holiday staying with family? Do you have any funny stories of family holidaying in your house or you staying in a family member’s home?
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A travel gypsy by heart, having already been to over 70 countries and still counting. Founder of Travel Groove, to share travel tips, tricks and knowledge with other travellers.
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